Pensacola Opera, Inc IMPACT Opera: In Perfect Harmony - $106,000 Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Pensacola Opera is to enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs, and other opera-related community events for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Founded in 1983 by a group of community volunteers (some of whom remain active Trustees), Pensacola Opera is the only opera company in Northwest Florida and one of only five professional opera companies in Florida affiliated with OPERA America. Pensacola Opera’s mainstage productions feature acclaimed artists who regularly appear throughout our nation and the world. In 2003, the company established the Artists in Residence program to continue its commitment to the identification, training, and nurturing of promising young singers. More than 200 singers audition each year for the five coveted residencies. Annually...

Healing Paws for Warriors, INC. Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2015, Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4Ws) is a local, veteran founded/veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue-to-trained Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service dogs at “no cost” to veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) with continued support, thereby reducing the statistic of veteran suicide and increasing family health and wellness. Initially, the program was established by a handful of community members, all with ties to the military, to help support over 10,000 veterans in the Florida Panhandle who have experienced PTSD. A program that is known throughout the community by its “red shirt” with the “ Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog” slogan, it continues to grow, graduating 17 veteran/K9 teams and projecting an additional...

Young Men's Christian Association of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba YMCA of Northwest Florida The Wheels on the Bus Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Young Men’s Christian Association is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA (the Y) of Northwest Florida’s local history can be traced back to the early 1880s. The Y developed the first day camp program, first water safety program, first night school, and first gymnasium in the community. Over the past 130 years, the Y has served families through programs such as childcare, aquatics, youth sports, wellness, special events, and community outreach. Through programs at two branches in Escambia County and one in Santa Rosa County, and additional programs at school sites, the Y reaches more than 15,000 men, women and children each year....

EHS Band Boosters Association, Inc. EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The proposed project is to advance the band curriculum at Escambia High School with upgraded instruments and equipment. EHS Band Boosters and the band directors know there are many students who do not have access to a variety of musical instruments, equipment, and concert attire due to their economic status. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to purchase a variety of band instruments, associated equipment, an enclosed cargo trailer for instrument transport, and dresses and tuxedoes for performances. These resources will support instrumental ensemble music education opportunities at Escambia High School, including Jazz Band, Marching Band and Concert Band. Additionally, non-ensemble music education classes including Guitar, Piano, Music Technology, and Sound Engineering will be supported. These are specifically designed and targeted for general...

Manna Food Pantries Generating Hope to End Hunger Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Manna Food Pantries (Manna) is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. In 1982, a local study concluded that there was a need for a centralized clearinghouse for the collection, storage and distribution of non-perishable food items to individuals and families in emergency situations. Community leaders responded by incorporating the Manna Food Bank. A Board of Directors was established, start-up monies were raised, inventories amassed, and an operations staff was hired. The Manna Food Pantries opened its doors to serve clients on January 3, 1983 as a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. All services are offered free of charge, and...

Health and Hope Clinic, Inc. IMPACT100: How to Save a Life Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2003, the Health and Hope Clinic is a volunteer and donor driven free medical and dental clinic established by the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association to help meet the needs of the medically uninsured and under-served populations in the greater Pensacola and Escambia County area. Additionally, Health and Hope is supported by community individuals, groups and organizations. The Clinic incorporated in 2009, and tax-exempt status was granted by the Internal Revenue Service in July 2009. In January of 2014, the Clinic moved into a newly constructed building on East Olive Road. Currently, the Clinic has 200 volunteers, 900 active patients, and recorded 7,100 patient visits last year, providing over 1.8 million dollars in medical services. Numerous primary and specialty care providers offer services including...

Santa Rosa County 4-H Association, Inc. 4-H Field Education Facility Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land-grant university system. Through the years, the overall objective of 4-H has remained the same: the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. Learning opportunities include, but are not limited to, astronomy, beekeeping, earth sciences, electronics, fisheries and aquaculture, livestock sciences, wildlife ecology, debating and presentation skills, and government sciences. Santa Rosa County 4-H serves all youth ages 5-18 residing in Santa...

Splash Cats, Inc. Just Keep Swimming Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Splash Cats, Inc. was formed in 2004 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 to support Washington High School (WHS) Swim and Dive team, to promote the sport and lessen the financial burden on the swim and dive families and the already limited budget of the Aquatic Center. The organization’s mission is to increase the health, water safety, and the aquatic education of Escambia County students, employees, and community members. Programs supported by Splash Cats, Inc. include making the Washington Aquatic Center open to 1,800 WHS students during the school day; offering a free elementary swim and dive program to over 19,000 elementary school students in 33 local elementary schools; a middle school swim and dive program open to over 9,000 middle school students in 11 local middle schools; a high school...

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Building Homes, Communities, and Hope, One Family at a Time: Tools for Construction Site Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (Habitat) is to seek to put God's love into action, by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since its inception in 1982, more than 1,300 families have purchased a home through their program. Habitat builds high-quality, energy-efficient homes and sells them to eligible families at cost with a 0% APR mortgage. All of the organization’s resources are devoted to ensuring each accepted family will live in a home; there is no waiting list. Over 2,500 volunteers come together to assist in building these homes. New technology that brought their application online was initiated. That has increased access for individuals who may not have the means to be transported...

Children's Home Society of Florida, Inc. Keeping Families on the Right Track Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families. Since CHS was established in 1902 to find families for orphans, the needs of children and families have grown and evolved. Since 1972, services have expanded to meet the new challenges faced by children and families every day. CHS delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help families break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children. The array of services offered by CHS locally includes family and individual counseling, child abuse prevention and intervention services, home-based services, Community...

The Secret Place Home, Inc. The Secret Place Home, Inc. Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2018, The Secret Place Home is the first Safe House north of Orlando and is a Safe House-Safe Harbor home for female child survivors of human trafficking, licensed through the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to provide a home for girls ages 12-17 who are survivors of human sex trafficking, giving them a place to heal, regain dignity and obtain necessary services. Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of human trafficking reports, and many victims are children between 12 and 14 years of age. Their level of abuse and trauma is frequently so severe that it requires specialized care provided by a residential Safe House program. The Secret Place Home, located at an undisclosed location situated on ten acres of...